Under sunny skies and humid weather with temperatures in the mid-90s Monday afternoon, three heavy construction loading vehicles relocated layers of dirt on the football field at Plainview Stadium to a large pile located on the east end of the stadium.
Construction has been ongoing since April 24 as part of the removal of the grass field and the installation of a sports turf that has been contracted through GreenFields.
Plainview High School athletic director David Gilliam said in a phone interview with The Ardmoreite on Tuesday afternoon about 50 percent of the project will be complete next week. At that time, concrete work around the curves of the track should begin.
“They’re working hard, staying after it,” he said. “I still think we’re on track to be ready for the first football game. I can’t wait to see the finished product. It will be completely different. I would say it will be one of the best stadiums in the area, may in at least 3A. We’re excited about it.”
Gilliam remains confident the project will be completed in time for Plainview’s season opener on Aug. 26 against Broken Bow and a preseason scrimmage against Millwood on Aug. 19.
Just in case the deadline can’t be met, a back-up plan has already been put into place.
“It depends on construction,” he said. “If everything is ready, we will have the scrimmage here. If it is not quite ready, we will have it at Millwood.”
The installation of the turf field is the last of four renovation projects for Plainview Stadium. The first three phases involving the renovation of both the home and visitor’s stands as well as the concession stands. The four phases were part of separate bond votes.
“I love seeing the construction part of it,” Gilliam said. “Everything is tore up up and am ready to see it complete. But that is part of the process.”
Having an all-weather track could increase Plainview’s chances to host a regional or state meet in track and field.
“I talked with the OSSAA and they said they would come down and look at it once it is done and we could potentially host one,” Gilliam said.
Enthusiasm for the new field is running high amongst the Plainview football team.
“Those guys are super excited,” Plainview coach Joe Price said. “It is one of those deals where everyone is watching it every day. The number one question that I get is: ‘Will it be ready for the first game?’ To get an opportunity like this at a school our size, it’s pretty outstanding.”